From the NY Post for Chrissakes (I should note they could have asked this of Rice withing the last couple days when she came there to lie about getting a "plan" for Al Qaeda from the Clinton Administration):
Condoleezza Rice's office gave final approval to the infamous Environmental Protection Agency press releases days after 9/11 claiming the air around Ground Zero was "safe to breathe," internal documents show.
Now Secretary of State, Rice was then head of the National Security Council - "the final decision maker" on EPA statements about lower Manhattan air quality, the documents say.
Scientists and lawmakers have since deemed the air rife with toxins.
Early tests known to the EPA at the time had already found high asbestos levels, the notes say. But those results were omitted from the press releases because of "competing priorities" such as national security and "opening Wall Street," according to a report by the EPA's inspector general.
Perhaps if these toxins had been a danger to shoe leather...
Thanks to Spocko